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12/23/11 7:52 P

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Leslie I am so sorry for everything you are going through, how stressful your life is right now. I am glad you have some good friends to take care of you. Can you lose your job because of your seizures? I hope not but I am not familiar with US laws as I live in Canada.

We too are having a tight Christmas. My husband had a hip replaced in June and still is not back to work fulltime so we are living on 60% of his wage which is not good. I work but not enough to make up the difference. I am finding it hard to be happy about Christmas this year as money is so tight. The kids have gifts but it just doesn't feel the same.
Dwayne had a series of seizures in October and thankfully they are now back under control. I think he just had a big growth spurt and they weren't holding him. They increased his Lamotrigine and turned his VNS up and so far so good..

Leslie, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and that things will get better soon....take care

Kare

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12/23/11 6:38 P

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Hi,

Sorry I haven't been here in a while. I have had to leave my home and move to another location, this was due to a harmful relationship I was in. I am now having to get back into a grove of feeling like exercising.

Along with both of my daughters issues I have had to quit working due to my own seizures. I was working and I had a seizure at work, So, now they want a release from my doctor and my blood work (my meds are a controlled substance).

Christmas was going to be kind of bad, but then all of my friends got together and gave my girls a nice Christmas. My roommates mom let us use their Christmas tree, so that was nice too.

I have been on hold for exercising and all, since they took all my foodstamps from me. So, now I am having to get those back. I have started back to working out but now I need to do some meal planning. I have not lost or gained any weight yet, but I plan on doing that also. I just don't know what else to do, as we are majorly broke.

I am not married but I am living with a friend right now...so everything is really tight.

Wow!!

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8/11/11 8:51 P

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This has been a particularily stressful summer for me and I amlooking forward to it ending soon. I am laid off every summer which actually works out well for me with Dwayne beign too old for day care.

This summer, my hubby had hip replacement surgery so on top of having my boy home I have the hubby too. Summers usually start of stressful but settle down after a couple of weeks but not this year.

I hurt my knee awhile ago and have damaged the muscle up the inside of my knee. No time to rest as hubby can't bend etc so everything is left for me. He's demanding and needs to be driven to physio Dr's etc.

Dwayne has been going through a drug change that was started and we were left in limbo when our psychiatrist moved suddenly. Now I have a boy driven non stop by OCD tendencies to the point of exhaustion. Happily we are seeing a new Dr on Monday but he goes from 7 in the morning until 8 or9 worrying about his pieces of paper.

Needless to say my weightloss journey has hit a standstill. I haven't gained but nor have I lost. My blood sugars are sky high which happens everytime I am under stress.

Thanks for listening, just needed to vent. I know you guys will understand as I bet most of you are under alot on stress as well.

I know it will get better, just can't get here fast enough....

Karen

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1/23/11 10:35 A

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I am retired, but I work two days a week doing heart ultrasounds at the hospital.
My wife and I are also teaching a chemistry course for 9 -11 year olds at our
homeschool co-op.

James goes to ECSE in the mornings working with a speech therapist; he also sees
a Speech Therapist 2 hours a week in the afternoons.

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1/23/11 9:32 A

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You know I get like that too, just want to be alone, no one to judge when we are out etc. I find I have to force myself to go out, usually to Curves or just to the library to read, and I feel much better and able and looking forward to seeing my son.
I think people who don't lead a life as a careprovider have no clue how little time we have t ourselves. I joke to people that looking after Dwayne is my full time job and I work for a break... it partially true because the interactions at work help me refind myself as Karen and not Mom.
I hope you find something that works for you...

Kare

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1/10/11 10:30 P

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Sometimes I handle it, sometimes I blow up, and sometimes I cry.
Hopefully the next day is better.

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1/10/11 3:53 P

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how do you deal with the stress? I seem to do great for a few weeks but eventually I let the stress take over my life and I seem to then huddle in my little home and hide from the reality of life. My daughter is doing well right now but I let myself think about the what ifs of her future. I need to find a better way to deal with the stress so I can stay on track and achieve my goals...


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